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Tarantula startles Berlin train station staff

The Local · 10 Aug 2011, 09:32

Published: 10 Aug 2011 09:32 GMT+02:00

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According to police, a 20-year-old who was returning from a trip to the African countries of Mozambique and Mali, had forgotten the backpack on a train arriving at the station.

When he returned to the lost and found to pick up the bag, he opened it and the five to six centimetre spider came out.

Startled workers called police officers, who trapped the animal in a lunchbox. An expert later identified the spider as an African species of tarantula that is not generally deadly, though can give an unpleasant bite.

While tarantulas look terrifying, no species is known to be deadly to people. Some African varieties, however, can cause great pain and even hallucinations when they bite.

It is not the only exotic spider appearance Germany has seen lately. Last month, a deadly Brazilian wandering spider jumped out of bananas at a Saarland supermarket, prompting the store’s temporary closure.

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Your comments about this article

10:15 August 10, 2011 by grayham
is it my imagination or does the spider in the photo have ten legs?
11:29 August 10, 2011 by nec123
Evacuate Berlin ASAP.
12:41 August 10, 2011 by zeddriver
Those extra "legs" are called pedipalps. Or spider chopsticks. They use them to manipulate their food.
17:16 August 10, 2011 by Shirazz
Spider man comes to Berlin....uh...unfortunately he's already in a lunch box....before he could even go "hang" out...
23:42 August 11, 2011 by Avidror
Wow! Precisely today I was about to wear a pair of socks, and a spider came out one of them. But it was not a tarantula; there are no tarantulas here in Galicia, northwestern Spain.
20:46 August 12, 2011 by BongoBern
I once dated a woman who kept a tarantula that could actually jump! I think it must have traveled 8 feet across the room. Scared me to death (almost). I do believe she thought I was going to go over the balcony. So did I!
16:26 August 13, 2011 by Bruno53
Spiders taking vacations in Europe? HA HA!
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